Early Childhood Education (BA)
Clinical Experiences: Fieldwork, Student Teaching
Studentss in the Early Childhood Education (BA) program participate in developmental field experiences (fieldwork), and supervised teaching (student teaching) to meet three age group requirements, birth to four years; kindergarten; and first or second grade.
For a full list of fieldwork and supervised teaching requirements consult the course catalog. Students must meet with the faculty advisor to determine their particular course of study before registering for classes.
Students must apply for student teaching and/or practicum and select fieldwork experiences. For placement and application procedures see below.
Course CatalogEarly Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2 - BA
The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) requires that any student completing fieldwork or student teaching in a school needs to obtain fingerprint clearance.
All students in programs leading to NYS certification will also need to have their fingerprints cleared by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for NYS certification. Students will only need to be fingerprinted once, by either NYCDOE or NYSED.
Visit PETS: Fingerprinting for Fieldwork and Student Teaching to learn how to obtain fingerprint clearance.
Fieldwork is a classroom experience in conjunction with a course.
For fieldwork courses requiring 10 days or 50 hours or more, students must apply to the Office of Clinical Experience. Students will be placed at a Hunter College partner school in New York City including community based preschools, and New York City public Pre-Ks and grade one or two classrooms.
Students must apply for the following courses with fieldwork components through the Office of Clinical Experiences before registering:
Registration & Placement Process
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews applications for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences grants registration permission and notifies students via their myhunter.cuny.edu email address one week before registration opens.
- Student registers for course once permission granted.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences places students at a Hunter College School of Education partner site and notifies them via myhunter.cuny.edu email address.
Supervised Teaching: Student Teaching
All students participate in student teaching as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching requires 5 full days per week for one semester. Students are observed by Hunter College Clinical Supervisors throughout the semester.
Students must pass the following New York State exams before registration permission is granted for student teaching:
- Educating All Students (EAS)
- Content Specialty Test (CST) – Multi-Subjects : Teacher of Early Childhood Birth-Grade 2 (Parts 1-3)
Students apply for student teaching for placement by the Office of Clinical Experience with a cooperating teacher/mentor at a Hunter College Partner School in New York City. Students teach alongside the cooperating teacher/mentor throughout the semester.
All students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- Fall Semester: April 1st
- Spring Semester: November 1st
- Summer Semester: N/A
Registration & Placement Process
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews student teaching/practicum applications for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences grants registration permission.
- One week before each semester registration opens, the Office of Clinical Experiences informs students of next steps through their myhunter.cuny.edu email.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences will place students at a Hunter College School of Education partner site in New York City and notify their myhunter.cuny.edu email.
Student Teaching Form